About Steel Toe Studios

My name is Erica and I have been blacksmithing for 19 years. I apprenticed for about six years with a variety of talented master smiths, mostly learning the craft through traditional smithing techniques, making gates, railings and lighting. I opened Steel Toe Studios in 2003 in the grimy Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle, and have been making belt buckles and belts ever since. Since having a child and massively reducing the craft shows I participated in, I developed a jewelry line based on the look of my buckles, using the same techniques but in a micro scale. I sell my work online, at a few craft shows a year and at the Pike Place Market in Seattle. I also occasionally teach workshops at schools like Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and Haystack in Maine, and am planning on teaching workshops out of my own private studio. I find profound satisfaction in making work by hand, slowly and carefully, with the intention that they become pieces that are handed down to future generations.

All purchases are final, but if you need to exchange any strap for a different size, provided there are no signs of wear, just convo us and we will email you our mailing address. It is of utmost importance that you totally love your belt and buckle and that they fit well!